Film and TV production drop sharply in U.S. Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, July 13 (Xinhua) -- On-location feature film and TV production in Greater Los Angeles area, including Los Angeles and 4 counties nearby, dropped 4.7 percent in the second quarter of 2017 compared to a year ago, a report of Film L.A. said.

Film L.A., the region's location permitting office, measures the prosperity of entertainment industry by number of "shoot day" on-location, which was defined as "one crew's permission to film at one or more defined locations during all or part of any given 24-hour period."

According to the latest report issued Wednesday night, the region's overall second-quarter production declined 4.7 percent to 9,466 days, with TV Comedy and Web-Based TV categories falling 9 and 21.8 percent respectively.

Feature film production was down by 18.5 percent to 1,067 "shoot day," and TV Drama work also suffered by falling 24.3 percent.

However, FilmL.A. President Paul Audley explained to the Variety website that the decline in the second quarter was not surprise since the "shoot day" in 2016 spiked to record 6.2 percent in overall production, thanks in part to California's expanded production incentive program, which covers up to 25 percent of production costs.

"Declines in any category need to be put in context: the year-to-date comparison for the last seven years shows 2017 is second only to 2016 for total Shoot Days," Audley said.

A report of LA Daily News Thursday showed that the feature film category rose 12 percent to 4,865 days last year, including a 22.5 percent jump in the fourth quarter, making 2016 the most active year for movies since 2009.

[ Editor: meng ]


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